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  • New Year, New Smile: Delta Dental of Illinois Offers 10 Oral Health Resolutions for a Dazzling 2017
    Dec. 27, 2016

    New Year, New Smile: Delta Dental of Illinois Offers 10 Oral Health Resolutions for a Dazzling 2017

    General oral health

    Plan to get healthy this New Year? Gym shoes and low-calorie snacks aren't the only things you'll need – don't forget a toothbrush. Dental health is a key component of general wellness, and by taking care of your mouth, you'll improve your body's overall health. “The new year is a great time to evaluate your... More »

  • Guacamole Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    Sep. 16, 2016

    Guacamole Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Recipes

    Ingredients: 2 tablespoons lime juice ½ teaspoon salt 1 ripe avocado, peeled ½ cup chopped tomato 4 lettuce leaves 2 cups shredded chicken Directions: Mix the lime juice, salt and avocado together until smooth. Fold in the chopped tomato. Spread ¼ cup of the avocado mixture onto each lettuce leaf. Top with ½ cup shredded... More »

  • Set Your Child Up for Back-to-School Success with Better Oral Health
    Aug. 10, 2016

    Set Your Child Up for Back-to-School Success with Better Oral Health

    Children’s Oral Health

    This back-to-school season, you want to set your child up for success in school in every way possible. You may not realize it, but oral health is an important component of your child's overall health and daily well-being — and even their success in school. Learn more about how oral health impacts more areas than... More »

  • Summertime Nutrition on the Go
    Jul. 12, 2016

    Summertime Nutrition on the Go

    General oral health

    With summer sports in full swing, it's easy to grab snacks and drinks that aren't very tooth-friendly. Healthy, nutritious snacks can be just as convenient with a little planning. One easy change to make is to replace soda. Instead of sipping soda while watching soccer or softball, infuse water with fruit or vegetables (try cucumbers!).... More »

  • Five Conversations for Fathers to Have with Their Children About Oral Health
    Jun. 13, 2016

    Five Conversations for Fathers to Have with Their Children About Oral Health

    Children’s Oral Health

    Hey dads: how often do you talk about healthy behaviors with your child? June is Men's Health Month, and with Father's Day right around the corner, it's time you pass on some fatherly wisdom about oral health habits. Start these five conversations about oral health with your child this month, and know that you could... More »

  • The Oral Health and Headache Connection
    Jun. 10, 2016

    The Oral Health and Headache Connection

    General oral health

    Did you know that grinding or clenching your teeth or jaw can lead to a headache? Delta Dental of Illinois wants to bring attention to the connection between teeth grinding or clenching and headaches. Some people habitually grind or clench their teeth while sleeping due to stress or anxiety, making them completely unaware that the problem exists.

  • Employee Well-being Month and the Importance of Dental Benefits
    Jun. 3, 2016

    Employee Well-being Month and the Importance of Dental Benefits

    Dental benefit information

    Happy employees equal productive employees. It's Employee Well-being Month, and the perfect time to explore ways to improve employee wellness at your company. Ask yourself, as an employer or a human resources professional, what you are doing to create a healthy environment for your employees, and in turn, a productive and positive workplace. When you... More »

  • How Delta Dental of Illinois Supports Tomorrow's Dentists
    May 4, 2016

    How Delta Dental of Illinois Supports Tomorrow's Dentists

    In the Community

    The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry has been training Illinois dentists for over a century. Delta Dental of Illinois knows how valuable dentists are in helping ensure good oral health for the people of Illinois, and has had a long-standing relationship with UIC. Training and supporting dental students and dentists who... More »

  • Dental Insurance Still Key for Retirees
    May 1, 2016

    Dental Insurance Still Key for Retirees

    Dental benefit information

    More than 44 million1 individuals in the United States are age 65 or older. Practicing good oral health habits is an essential part of maintaining good overall health at any age. Being retired doesn't mean retiring good oral health routines. Maintaining one's teeth and gums by brushing and flossing daily and visiting the dentist regularly is... More »

  • Don't Be So Sensitive!
    Apr. 21, 2016

    Don't Be So Sensitive!

    General oral health

    You've likely experienced a little sensitivity when eating, perhaps after enjoying an ice-cold beverage or after biting into something particularly hot. Even breathing in a blast of cold air can sometimes cause discomfort. Why do some people experience sensitivity while others can eat whatever they want? Here are some of the most common causes. Exposed... More »

  • Get Smart about Oral Cancer
    Apr. 11, 2016

    Get Smart about Oral Cancer

    General oral health

    About Oral Cancer Each day in the United States, 132 individuals are diagnosed with oral cancer, and each hour, someone will die from oral cancer.1 In all, over 39,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer each year. As a result of medical and technological advances and early detection, the survival rate has steadily improved... More »

  • Stress From Tax Day Can Negatively Impact Your Oral Health
    Apr. 11, 2016

    Stress From Tax Day Can Negatively Impact Your Oral Health

    General oral health

    The month of April and especially April 18th may be more taxing for many Americans as they work to finalize their taxes – talk about a stressful time! Speaking of stress, April was designated National Stress Awareness Month by the Health Resource Network (HRN) in an effort to bring awareness to the dangers associated with... More »

  • Does Laughing Gas Really Make You Laugh?
    Apr. 1, 2016

    Does Laughing Gas Really Make You Laugh?

    General oral health

    “Relax, take deep breaths and count back from 100,” is something your dentist may have told you before undergoing a complex dental procedure. You've been informed that you will be inhaling laughing gas, but oral surgery is no laughing matter – so where does the name come from? Dentists use laughing gas, also known as... More »

  • Celebrate World Oral Health Day
    Mar. 20, 2016

    Celebrate World Oral Health Day

    General oral health

    Every year on March 20, more than 100 countries unite for World Oral Health Day1 to celebrate the importance of good oral hygiene. The 2016 theme “It all starts here. Healthy mouth. Healthy body,” acknowledges that good oral health affects more than just your smile.  In fact, more than 120 diseases, including diabetes, HIV, psoriasis,... More »

  • 2015 Wisdom Tooth Award Recipient: Central Counties Health Centers Connects Illinois Kids and Dental Care
    Mar. 18, 2016

    2015 Wisdom Tooth Award Recipient: Central Counties Health Centers Connects Illinois Kids and Dental Care

    In the Community

    Poor dental health habits can impact a child's life in a wide variety of ways, from causing physical pain to decreasing self-esteem. But today, the future of children's oral health in Illinois is growing a bit brighter as the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation has officially begun accepting applications for its annual Wisdom Tooth Award.... More »

  • Keep Your Mouth Clean this Spring
    Mar. 26, 2015

    Keep Your Mouth Clean this Spring

    General oral health

    Doing some spring cleaning this month? While you're busy beating rugs, cleaning curtains and organizing cabinets, don't forget to check out your bathroom counter! Here are four things to add to your checklist. Replace old or worn toothbrushes. If your toothbrush or toothbrush head is more than three months old, it's time to get a... More »